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Anthropology in Practice

Anthropology in Practice

Exploring the human condition.

  • Rice and Beans: Shaping the Customer's Choice

    Rice and Beans: Shaping the Customer's Choice

    By Krystal D'Costa | May 15, 2015 |

    About Rice and Beans: Following recent discussions on food here on Anthropology in Practice, this week I’ll feature a four part series that that explores the ways immigrant groups in Corona, NY are involved in creating generic versions of their cultures to support themselves. […]

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  • Rice and Beans: The Private Role of Food

    Rice and Beans: The Private Role of Food

    By Krystal D'Costa | May 14, 2015 |

    About Rice and Beans: Following recent discussions on food here on Anthropology in Practice, this week I’ll feature a four part series that that explores the ways immigrant groups in Corona, NY are involved in creating generic versions of their cultures to support themselves. […]

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  • Rice and Beans: What Is the Difference Between Private and Public Culture?

    Rice and Beans: What Is the Difference Between Private and Public Culture?

    By Krystal D'Costa | May 12, 2015 |

    CC | Click on image for license and information. About Rice and Beans: Following recent discussions on food here on Anthropology in Practice, this week I’ll feature a four part series that that explores the ways immigrant groups in Corona, NY are involved in creating generic versions of their cultures to support themselves. […]

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  • Rice and Beans: How Does Culture Become Generic?

    Rice and Beans: How Does Culture Become Generic?

    By Krystal D'Costa | May 11, 2015 |

    CC | Click on image for license and information. About Rice and Beans: Following recent discussions on food here on Anthropology in Practice, this week I’ll feature a four part series that explores the ways immigrant groups in Corona, NY are involved in creating generic versions of their cultures to support themselves. […]

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  • Identity and Meaning in Derby Hats

    By Krystal D'Costa | May 8, 2015 |

    Photo by KDCosta, 2015. Last Saturday over 170,000 people descended on Churchill Downs for the 141st Kentucky Derby. The Derby is the first of three races that comprise the American Triple Crown which awards a multi-million dollar purse. The Derby is a day steeped in tradition that includes mint juleps, the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home,” and the purported fastest two minutes in sports, a reference to the much anticipated running of the three-year-old Thoroughbreds who are the featured entertainment. […]

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  • Can Hunter-Gatherer Societies Teach Us About Cooperation?

    By Krystal D'Costa | April 30, 2015 |

    Hazda archery. | CC, click on image for license and information. We’re big on teaching cooperative practices, even while we encourage competition. Humans are the only species to cooperate to the degree that we do, and this cooperation may have allowed for many other derived social traits related to group living to emerge, including generosity, sharing, teaching and learning, and shared intentionality. […]

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  • Culture Bites: The Changing Nature of the Food Truck Industry

    By Krystal D'Costa | April 23, 2015 |

    Broad St. lunch carts, New York, N.Y. | Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection, LC-DIG-det-4a13502 What do you normally have for lunch? Leftovers? A sandwich? Do you bring it from home or do you buy it from a local eatery? […]

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  • Is there more to locking up than personal safety?

    Is there more to locking up than personal safety?

    By Krystal D'Costa | April 16, 2015 |

    Photo by John Finn | CC, Click on image for license and information. Do you lock the door to your home when you’re inside during the day? Or do you leave the door open if you are just running out for a minute? Some people, even in unforgiving New York City, do not. […]

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  • Then and Now: April Fools’ Day—How did we get here?

    Then and Now: April Fools’ Day—How did we get here?

    By Krystal D'Costa | April 2, 2015 |

    Photo by Will Montague. CC, click on image for license and information. Where is here exactly? Here is a tired, eye-roll inducing pseudo-holiday that we endure with a grimace every year. Hopefully you have room for one more article about April Fools' Day. […]

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  • Can anthropology defeat self-deception to build better apps?

    Can anthropology defeat self-deception to build better apps?

    By Krystal D'Costa | March 30, 2015 |

    Last September, I participated in the relaunch of Ignite NYC. These mini-presentations test your game by only allowing you five minutes and 20 slides to share your idea with the audience. It's intense. And having survived two of them now, I feel like I've survived some sort of public speaking boot-camp. […]

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